For many at this stage of life it is very unsettling and rather depressing. If this scene of life is creeping up on you, it might be a good idea to start having conversations around this topic. A lot of people say "Oh I will travel, spend time with my grandkids etc. " The reality is that you cannot travel all the time, that takes a lot of cash flow and your kids and grandkids have their own life.
So it is time to think about how you would plan a day that brings you great energy and enjoyment and sense of purpose. What interests you in people? Where do you draw your energy from? If you could spend all day doing one activity what would it be? PIcture your life five years from now, and what do you want it to look like?
I have heard that men find the adjustment after retirement harder then women, as you can see groups of men hanging around coffee shops mid morning shooting the breeze. Women are very relational and can find groups or setting to engage their energy because that is their natural tendency. For men it is much harder and the adjustment to being home all day with your spouse isnt' easy for either of you!!
Perhaps it is time to start thinking about the next step in your life if your working career is transitioning before it happens. Ask your friends who have gone ahead of you how they stay motivated and purposeful.
Age is not an excuse for being unmotivated and purposeless. Get excited about what you can do next because you are now the driver of those possibilities! It isall about the attitude and how you embrace the new season and think about getting old later:)